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August 20, 2014

Welcome to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mini-Hollywood

Cape Town, our gorgeous Mother City, is South Africa's mini-Hollywood, with Tinseltown's greatest flocking to her sunny shores for film shoots. Image courtesy of Getaway Magazine

Best we start searching for a prime location for Cape Town’s very own Hollywood Walk of Fame – especially since this August, our cinematic Mother City is filled to the brim with Tinseltown’s finest actors!

Our star-studded guest list reads like an Oscar nominee roll call – Claire Danes, Javier Bardem, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Penelope Cruz, Colin Firth, Sascha Baron Cohen and Rebel Wilson have all been spotted out and about on our glittering streets, between filming their latest projects.

While Danes completes filming on the latest season on her hit TV thriller, Homeland, and Penn, Cruz, Bardem and Theron wrap up their dramatic collaboration, The Last Face; comedians Cohen and Wilson are shooting scenes for their World Cup themed movie, Grimsby.

The dashing Firth is in town for the feature film “Eye in the Sky”, alongside hit series Game of Thrones actor Iain Glen.

In typical laidback Capetonian fashion, our locals barely bat an eyelash when casually running into these celluloid artists (except me – I’m a HUGE celeb stalker!) and this is exactly what makes the Mother City a desirable celebrity destination. Visiting stars can relax and enjoy our sunny shores, amazing bars and vibrant markets without being mobbed by overzealous fans.

There really is no need to go all TMZ, though, when images of our visiting celebs are so readily available on social media:

Rebel Wilson posted a photo to Twitter of herself on location at Table Mountain:

image courtesy of Rebel Wilson

Charlize Theron and Sean Penn were spotted taking in a show at the Baxter Theatre last week:

image courtesy of Alethea Patterson

Sascha Baron-Cohen was snapped filming a scene in colourful Bo-Kaap:

image courtesy of Tania Coetzee

Our gorgeous hometown is no stranger to the camera, having been the star of Hollywood blockbusters Safe House, Invictus and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, as well as the set for the Katie Holmes and Meryl Streep feature, The Giver.  Having Cape Town as a sought after film location comes as no surprise to the Cape Film Commission, though.

“It’s hectic actually, it’s very very busy at the moment - it's keeping everybody on their toes. We’re just coming into film making season too. But I think it’s just a reflection of how well thought of the film industry is in South Africa,” says the Commission’s Denis Lillie.

Welcome to Cape Town, Hollywood!

Got any cool stories about meeting celebs in Cape Town? I’d LOVE to hear them so please send them to fb@capetown.travel and you could be featured on our blog.

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